State Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez
First elected in 2008 and now in his second term, State Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez represents the 80th Assembly District, comprised of eastern Riverside and Imperial counties. As chair of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy, the Assemblyman’s top legislative priority is economic recovery, which he believes can be achieved by supporting local economic development activities, investing in education, and ensuring a safety net for our most vulnerable. Assemblyman Pérez is also a member of the Assembly Committees on Aging and Long-term Care; Government Organization; Health; and Veterans Affairs. Included among the Assemblyman’s many legislative accomplishments are: the reinstatement of the Small Business Loan Guarantee program; securing $2.3 billion in clean tech economic recovery bonds to help local governments attract business and create jobs; expediting the state permitting process for renewable energy projects in the desert region; ensuring fair access to the Safe Routes to School program to help promote more walkable and pedestrian friendly communities; granting the Cal Vet home loan program the authority to provide refinancing services to eligible veterans to help them avoid foreclosure; and protecting the Enterprise Zone program from elimination during recent budget negotiations. The Assemblyman is a lifelong resident of the 80th Assembly District. Born in Indio and raised in Coachella, he grew up in a close-knit family that taught him the value of hard work, determination, respect, and service to others. He attended public schools, graduated from U.C. Riverside, and earned a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University. He has served as a school teacher, a youth advocate, and a community healthcare director. Before being elected to the Assembly, he served on the board of the Coachella Valley Unified School District.